LAST SUNDAY after EPIPHANY THE TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD Feb 11, 2018
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
The Face of Jesus Christ Manifests the Light of the Knowledge of the Glory of God
It was “a hard thing” that Elisha asked, but by his persistence he was able to see the prophet Elijah being taken “by a whirlwind into heaven.” Although “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them,” Elisha received Elijah’s cloak and a “double portion” of his spirit for preaching the Lord’s Word (2 Kings 2:9–11). It was a hard thing, too, for Israel to see Moses and come near to him, when “the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God” (Ex. 34:29–30). Therefore, after “he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai,” Moses “put a veil over his face” (Ex. 34:32–33). Only the Word of the Gospel lifts the veil, and “only through Christ is it taken away” (2 Cor. 3:14). Thus are we able to behold “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” who is “the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4–6). For the Law and the prophets are all fulfilled in Him. Therefore, “listen to him,” and fix your sights on “Jesus only” (Mark 9:7–8).
Collect of the Day
O God, in the glorious transfiguration of Your beloved Son You confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the testimony of Moses and Elijah. In the voice that came from the bright cloud You wonderfully foreshowed our adoption by grace. Mercifully make us co-heirs with the King in His glory and bring us to the fullness of our inheritance in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : 2 Kings 2:1–12 or Exodus 34:29–35 2 Corinthians 3:12–13 (14–18); 4:1–6 Mark 9:2–9
HYMNS: 814, 413, 414 (offering), 821, 537, 417
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Wed or Thurs 5-7pm): Debby Miller Parish Nurse: Jane
Bible Class and Sunday School
Since the Lord’s Supper gives the forgiveness of sins in the body and blood of Christ to all who believe the words “given and shed” and is also a celebration of oneness in faith, we ask that only those who have professed such faith publicly in a Lutheran Church-Canada (or Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) congregation come to the Lord’s Altar. Everyone intending to commune for the first time is kindly asked to speak with the Pastor prior to the service.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Irja; Paula; Debbie & Stephanie; Jumna; Christine; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Betty; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: can be purchased using the envelopes in the narthex.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is made known, the prayer chain members will be called, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call Paula.
FUNERAL OF IRJA: was on Friday February 2 at Grace. She died last Sunday at the age of 102. We pray God’s comfort for her family and friends as we look to Jesus our Resurrection and Life.
MISSION QUILTS: QUILTING: We will meet February 20 and 27 for quilting this month.@ 9am; NO quilting on Shrove Tuesday; its Pancake Supper. See White board for details.
SUPPORT NEEDED: FOR STROVE TUESDAY Pancake supper for cooking, cleanup and other supplies needed @ 5:30 pm– See sign up board in Narthex.
SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: if anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month. You can Contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. People can come in the morning for prep, or in the afternoon for serving, busing or drying dishes. Or to help close. Morning times 9-12 Afternoon 2-5 Evening 5-7.
WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - February 18; “Pay Attention to What You Hear” (James 1:12-18); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer; Lent calls us to take deep into our being the life-changing words of God. The result? Obedience, changes in desires, and blessings.
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings on Sundays. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy Scully. Contact Wendy for training. If you do not know who she is; ask an usher to introduce you.
COPIES OF THE DIVINE SERVICE: anyone who is shut in or has been ill can catch up with mp3 players of the entire service. To sign them out, see Paula or Deb
POP TAB COLLECTION: will continue and is now run by Bill and Carolyn Taylor.
EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF LUTHERANS... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL . This week's topics include: Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism vs. Calvinism, The Book of Exodus, The Epiphany Hymn "Hail to the Lord's Anointed," Peter Escapes from Prison and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
FOOD PANTRY: Please take some time over the next few Sunday to drop off a few items for the food pantry, we support the seminary students and our community. Thanks Debby
DEBT REDUCTION 2018 – We are again running a debt reduction campaign and FaithLife will be matching our donation up to $300.00; Ending March 1st. 2018. Thanks, Reg.
COUNCIL MEETING: We will have the first council meeting of 2018 on Tuesday February 13th at 7:30 PM.
VOTER’S MEETING: The voters meeting will be held on Sunday February 25th after the birthday luncheon.
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY EVENT coming up on Mon. Feb. 19, downtown Oshawa, see poster for details.
ALTAR FLOWERS: This week are from Delores, in loving memory of her son Bryan who was called to glory by our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with Delores and her family.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a holder outside the office door for weekly inserts for the bulletin and monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of each month for calendar. Or email your dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations. Next birthday lunch Feb 25, 2018
REFERENCE MATERIALS: Please take a few moments over the next few Sundays to review our Church business and community bulletin board; and other resource materials on the tables/shelve and racks in the narthex. Please take some home or give to a friend.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 5:30 pm Shrove Tues Pancake Supper - see white board for details.
7:30 pm Council meeting
Wednesday 12:00 pm Saints Alive
7:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service